One Direction Sued
April 12, 2012 by staff
One Direction Sued, UK boy band One Direction is being sued by a US band of the same name. The British group, which jumped to fame with the smash-hit What Makes You Beautiful off its equally successful debut album Up All Night, is being sued by a Californian rock group that has used the same name since 2009 and who’ve filed a trademark application in the US.
The US One Direction, which has released moderately successful rock albums, is requesting three times profits earned and $1-milllion in compensation, and is also demanding that UK One Direction change its name.
Lead singer and pianist Sean O’Leary, from the US One Direction, filed the lawsuit, which claims that record company Syco and parent company Sony Music realised in early 2011 that the names were the same but “chose to ignore the plaintiff’s rights and wilfully infringed them”.
Producer Simon Cowell owns Syco music and formed the UK One Direction, which is made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
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